05/31/2005: "I always thought the record would stand until it was broken." --Yogi Berra
And here Karen's scared of sharks. It appears that there are other denizens of the freshwater deep that we should be worried about.
It appears that a couple weekends ago, an Alton, IL fisherman caught what appears to be world record blue catfish in the Mississippi River just below Alton.
An Alton fisherman, with help from his wife and a friend, landed a 124-pound catfish in their johnboat during a late-night outing on the Mississippi River below Alton.Unfortunately, Fishzilla didn't survive his encounter with Pruitt.
Tim Pruitt caught the fish early Sunday after a 45-minute fight, said Fred Cronin, Illinois district fisheries biologist. The catch easily beats the Illinois and Missouri records for blue catfish and probably is enough for a world record, Cronin said Tuesday.
The world record is 121.8 pounds, set in January 2004 at Lake Texoma near Denison, Texas. Current state records for blue cats are 85 pounds in Illinois and 103 pounds in Missouri.
Pruitt, who underwent previously scheduled elbow surgery Tuesday, said the fish unfortunately died while being transported by special truck to the Cabela's outdoor store in Kansas City, Kan. Pruitt, who eventually wanted the fish returned to the Mississippi, was upset that the fish had died and stressed that special care was taken to try to keep the fish alive.And for those of you readers (come on, there has to be one or two) who are angling geeks, the information you wanted to know:
Pruitt caught the fish, estimated at 25 to 30 years old, with a large salt-water rig, 40-pound-test fishing line and the head of a moon eye fish for bait.Congratulations, Tim!
Len on 05.31.05 @ 07:16 PM CST